Wow the three and a half days of ‘feasting’ at the Brisbane Study Visit were jam-packed and amazing! As the plethora of information increases, our ability to support people in their ‘search’ is becoming even more important. We need more – not less – capable information specialists!
The CSU Brisbane Study Visit has made me realise the great variety of potential career paths that are possible in the ‘information’ area – involving all manner of things past, present and future. Recorded information, current creations and potential future digital/virtual directions – the ‘information’ environment encompasses them all!
Keeping up-to-date and building my own ability (particularily with technology) and keeping an ‘open mind’ about jobs is what I’ve taken from the Brisbane study visit. I need to be prepared to take each professional opportunity and build on it to increase my capacity to serve in an ‘Information Specialist’ role.
Communicating – creating that link between information and people – is so important in any library/information portal. To have a more far-reaching effect, we need to continue to learn new ways to communicate ‘on-line’ with innovation – but we should never underestimate the value of oral communication.
The power and necessity of being able to ‘present’ effectively to an audience (and flexibility when time is cut back) – is another essential attribute I believe is needed by library personnel. Whether assisting one person at the desk (standing side-by-side now); conducting generic group search instruction or presenting to a large group of professionals – good speaking/listening skills are essential.
All the more effective if that oral communication is supported by a ‘professional-looking’ presentation using technologies with a visual emphasis (images, slides, screencasts etc). We need to continually improve our service of the access requirements of our clients – through as many modes as possible – primarily including visual, auditory and oral means. If we want to support ‘life-long’ learners – we need to be one as well!
Images: Personal collection Carey Leahy – State Library Qld.